Tuesday, January 29, 2008

It's a Girl!!!


My sister and brother-in-law are expecting a baby in May and have just learned that "Mittens", as she's been so fondly called, is a GIRL! I'm so excited for them! Isnt' she beautiful? And aren't the 3-D ultrasounds so incredibly detailed! Her name is Maggie, but she's always going to be Mittens to me!

Monday, January 28, 2008

I Won! I Won! I Won!


I actually won a joke contest over at Because I Said So! Go check it out here!

(Ok..mine was the only entry....but I still won!)

Note: I stand corrected! Mine wasn't the only entry so now I'm especially happy to have won!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Photos of Audrey by Katie!


Katie has been begging me to let her take pictures. So, I let her! She got better shots of Audrey than I ever have! All I did was a little cropping, removal of red-eye, and changed one to black and white. Katie definitely has my creative tendencies and I love to encourage her. (Keep in mind that she's only four years old!)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Fake It 'Til Ya Make It!


It's been seven days since posting about my uninspiredness (Is that even a word?). I'm still not really inspired to do much, but decided to "Fake it 'til I make it" today. Nothing grand happened, but I did get some headbands ready to weave, and even wove a few. Hopefully I'll have a few new things in my Etsy shoppe by sometime next week!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Uninspired



I've been feeling uninspired lately. I have a craft show coming up in March, so I should be working on replenishing my inventory from the December shows. I go out into my "Craft Cave" and feel so....blah. Does anyone else ever go through this?

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

M-mm Good! Homemade Tomato Soup

Today was a snowy, cold, blustery day. Perfect for tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich! For the record, I HATE tomato soup! Well, I hated the stuff in the can with the red label. Since trying this recipe, I now LOVE it!

Homemade Tomato Soup
2 15 ounce cans of diced tomatoes with Italian spices
½ cup carrot, chopped
½ cup diced onion
1-2 t sugar or brown sugar
½ cup butter (yes, butter!)
½ cup flour
1 t salt
4 cups milk

Boil tomatoes, carrot, onion, and sugar in a covered pan for about 15 minutes or until the carrot is tender. Process in a blender (or with a hand blender) to get the big chunks out.

In the meantime, melt butter and whisk in flour and salt. Stir often until the flour turns a golden color. Add milk about 1 cup at a time, whisking until smooth after each addition. Cook until slightly thick.

Add milk mixture to tomato mixture and stir thoroughly. Serve with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese and sour cream.

This recipe is great just as it is. I think I’ll try to get some of the fat out by substituting evaporated milk for some of the white sauce. Halving the recipe would be great for 2-3 people if you had a sandwich as a side.